Soft spoken but known for taking firm decisions, Anshul Garg is the Deputy Commissioner of Jammu who had recently grabbed the headlines for his tough decisions. He cautioned the late comers (staff) to be punctual and evolve work culture so that the work of the general public may not suffer. Before joining here Anshul Garg worked as Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, Anantnag and Doda. NH1 News’s Principal Correspondent, Ranjit Thakur Speaks to him on the current scenario of Covid-19 and a range of other issues.
How do you see the situation in Jammu?
Answer: As of now our biggest challenge is to contain covid-19 because cases are sharply rising in Jammu. We have intensified our covid-19 strategies to contain the spread of pandemic. We are also testing all passengers who are coming from outsides states via Airports, Trains or by Buses and not a single person can enter JK-UT without following the protocol of covid-19 pandemic and if anyone found positive can be shifted to quarantine centers established by the authorities.
We have also established 20 mobile teams for busy market places, congested places, fruit and vegetable Mandies and transporters and doing random testing for them. The administration has once again shown strictness like we did last year to control the coronavirus by putting penalties strictly on those who are not wearing masks in public places.
DC office remains cut off for the public since long, what's the current position now?
Answer: Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha has very strictly directed accountability in government of officials and has time and against emphasis on public service and time bound redressal of public issues. The officers should be available for the public as LG himself conducts ‘Mulakat’ once in a month to listen to public grievances.
How do you take anti-encroachments drives conducted in Jammu region?
Answer: Encroachment is a major issue in urban areas and Jammu Municipal Corporation is a full flagged body to look into that matter. People have time and again realized that Jammu should be developed as a smart city and the government is taking every step to make this happen. The Divisional Commissioner is also very serious on these issues to decongest the city.
Are salaries of staff deducted if they don’t take covid-19 shots?
Answer: As far as the staff vaccination is concerned, 85 percent frontline workers, healthcare workers have been vaccinated and we have the target of 1.45 lakh in Jammu district including senior citizens. 60 thousand people have been vaccinated as 85 vaccination sites are active in Jammu where 8 to 10 thousand people are vaccinated per day. I also requested people above 45 years to register themselves for vaccination.
Is the national flag to be hoisted at every government office?
Answer: Government has given us clear instructions about flag hoisting in every government building in Jammu and Kashmir within fifteen days and we are bound to do that within a specific time given.
What are the major challenges you have to face in Jammu?
Answer: As Jammu being a capital city has multiple challenges to deal with except covid-19 pandemic. We have to work on smart city projects and other developmental projects in the pipeline and have to implement them properly on ground. Jammu also has a vast rural area consisting of 305 Panchayats where shortage of water is a major concern. PM Modi had also launched Jal Shakti camping recently and has to work properly to implement the project on ground. LG have also thrust on world water day on water conservation apart from that we have to work cordially with recently elected DDC’s for the development.